Nevada has become the first US state to certify Mercedes-Benz and its Level 3 autonomous driving system. Also, the German car manufacturer is the first one to bring that level of self-driving in the US.
According to Mercedes-Benz, the system called Drive Pilot is able to take over driving the vehicle, allowing the driver to focus on other activities. This function is suitable on freeways with high traffic density at speeds up to 40 miles per hour (64 kilometers per hour).
There are some control buttons on the steering wheel in order to indicate the availablity of the system. Hit them and the car will become semi-autonomous. The new Drive Pilot can control the speed, the distance, and can duide the vehicle in its lane while taking evasive maneuvers to unexpected situations.
First cars to be equipped with this function will ebthe 2024 S-Class and EQS sedan.